BUSY, BUSY WEEK!

Craziness    It’s been a whirlwind of a week around here!

On Tuesday, Bob and I rented Apartment #3.  It’s closer to Piedmont.  It is in Post Peachtree Hills Apartment Homes.  It’s another 2-bed, 2-bath, roommate plan on the first floor.  The move-in is scheduled for Monday.  We also stopped by Apartment #1 to deliver the cashmere socks and the Bible (the patient said he would treasure it) and he put the socks on his feet!  We tried to visit the people in Apartment #2, but we couldn’t get a hold of them.
On Wednesday, Mary got a call back from the caregiver in Apartment #2.  The patient is still in the hospital (he’s a heart transplant patient) and the care giver was there with him.  I still had cashmere socks and a Bible for them.  I agreed to meet the care giver at the hospital front door because she told me about her husband complaining about cold feet.   I had to get that fixed because it’s so relatible!  She was so appreciative for the Bible…she said she needed a foundation to lean on.
On Thursday, our liver patient in Apartment #1 was released by his doctor and he and his wife left the apartment to go home to Albany.
I put out an email to all the social workers in the three hospitals that Apartment #1 would be available on Saturday.  That was to give me and Bob time to get down there to clean the place.
Around 3:00 p.m., I got a call from a social worker at CHOA  that he had a family that would benefit from living in one of our apartments for 2 weeks.  I, of course, said “yes.”  Well they wanted to move in on Friday!
So Thursday evening, I picked Bob up from work at 5:15 (the worst possible time to start driving south on 400).  It took us 1-1/2 hours to get there.  We cleaned until around 10:00 and headed home.
On Friday I met the mom (main caregiver) at 2:00 p.m. to turn over the keys.
The family story:  They are from Albany.  Ben is a 7-year-old boy that needs a heart transplant (can you imagine?)  He is not yet on the transplant list.  He has been in the hospital for three weeks in a effort to get his “numbers” to the right place.  (I never know how to explain numbers, but they always seem to be the most important part of getting listed).  So for two weeks, Ben has to get infusions (can’t explain that either!).  So his entire family will be living in the apartment, which includes:  mom, dad, grandma, Ben, 11-year old brother and 14-year old sister.  Seems a little crowded, but all they care about is being together.  As I was giving mom a tour of the apartment, the rest of the family was in the car, driving to Atlanta.  We got a call in the evening that everyone was “home” and all was well.
Two things about this one:  1)  we are keeping a family together and 2) this is our first child patient.  In my mind, two very BIG things to add to our story.
Now humor me to hear the WORST part of all of this….setting up utilities and renter’s insurance.  I swear it took me hours and many phone calls.  YIKES!  I was tearing my hair out.  I’m still waiting to get my “welcome letter” from Infinite Energy.
This week, we drove 4 round trips (100 miles each) to take care of all of this.  Last night I was beat, probably very crabby, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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